My goal is to eventually make my way through all of these must-read titles. These books have been around for so long and read by so many that another generic review from your average reader seems unnecessary. Instead, I thought it would be fun to take a look at what some of the experts have to say about the stories that paved the way for their own success… and how their perspective compares to my own reading experience. Today, I’m looking at Jeffery Deaver’s The Bone Collector.
Lincoln Rhyme was once a brilliant criminologist, a genius in the field of forensics – until an accident left him physically and emotionally shattered. But now a diabolical killer is challenging Rhyme to a terrifying and ingenious duel of wits. With police detective Amelia Sachs by his side, Rhyme must follow a labyrinth of clues that reaches back to a dark chapter in New York City’s past – and reach further into the darkness of the mind of a madman who won’t stop until he has stripped life down to the bone.
Jeffrey J. Mariotte calls The Bone Collector “an object lesson in how to write for maximum, satisfying thrills,” and I have to agree. This was one of those rare books that pulls me in so completely that I forget I’m actually reading a book.
“It wasn’t the novel’s horrific parts that gripped me,” writes Mariotte, “as much as it was the interaction between the crippled but brilliant Lincoln Rhyme and third-year Patrol Officer and former model Amelia Sachs. They are two of the most cleverly matched characters in thriller history.”
I will say that Rhyme and Sachs are fascinating characters, both individually and together. But what I most appreciated was the fact that, as strong as they both are, this story isn’t just about them. The plot is just as compelling as they are. It’s a nice change of pace from books that have a gripping plot with hollow characters, or well-formed characters moving through a plot that feels contrived. Jeffery Deaver gives us the whole package.
He also gives us a story “in which the puzzle of a traditional mystery is supercharged by the extremes of the crimes that are committed until the novel’s tone borders on horror.” It won’t be for everyone, but fans of CSI and those interested in forensics should find it an entertaining (if occasionally gruesome) read.
As for me… not only did I find The Bone Collector to be another worthy addition to the must-read list, but I have another author whose backlist I need to add to my TBR.
Fifteen down, eighty-five to go…
Next month I’ll be reading Vera Caspary’s Laura.